CVSA Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups Travel Grant


Scientific Sessions 2021 Travel Grant notifications will be sent in early September. Awardees must attend the conference in person to receive the monetary award.

Award applications for Scientific Sessions are now closed and will reopen in April 2022. Please visit Council Awards for opportunities to apply for active awards. Awards applicants must be AHA Professional Members and must be affiliated with the AHA sponsoring scientific council at the time of application.


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The American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Surgery & Anesthesia (CVSA) is offering a travel grant to underrepresented racial and ethnic early career investigators and students to attend AHA Scientific Sessions. The grant will serve to honor accomplished underrepresented racial and ethnic students and investigators while enabling them to get more involved in the AHA and in Scientific Sessions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants for the CVSA Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups Travel Grant must be members of the Council at the time of application. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so no later one week prior to the award deadline for your membership to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. Learn more about AHA Professional Membership.
  • Applicants must currently be medical students, trainees, or Early Career Investigators. Trainees are PhDs and/or MDs (or doctoral equivalent) who are in a residency or fellowship position. Early Career Investigators are PhDs and/or MDs who have completed training only within the last four years or who are still within in the first four years after their first faculty appointment, as of the award application date.
  • The candidate from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis: This includes American Indians (Alaskan Natives, Eskimos and Aleutians), Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, Blacks or African Americans and Hispanics or Latinos. Other candidates considered a minority are those from medically underserved populations with low socio-economic status and those living in rural areas to include whites.
  • The candidate must be a U.S. citizen, a noncitizen national (born in American Samoa or Swains Island), or a U.S. permanent resident.
  • Previous winners of this award are not eligible to apply.
  • Each applicant for AHA council-sponsored awards, regardless of award category, is eligible to receive only one council-sponsored award per AHA conference per year. (For example, an Early Career Investigator Award finalist will not be eligible to receive a travel grant for the same meeting.)

How to Apply/Required Documents

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.

Your application file should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • A letter of recommendation by a mentor, section chief or department chair, which includes the following:
    • Statement of the candidate's minority status specifically and confirmation that the candidate meets the basic eligibility requirements
    • Candidate’s key accomplishments to date (or other forms of demonstrated excellence and recognition in the case of very junior trainees)
    • Assessment of relevant scientific attributes (intellectual curiosity, drive, critical thinking, problem-solving)
    • Potential for future success as a competitive investigator
  • Curriculum vitae, including bibliography

Visit the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System to complete an application.

A username and password previously set up through online profile registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile yet, please visit Professional Heart Daily to create an online member profile before accessing the Council Awards Application System. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.

AHA membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on your AHA membership number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file.

Prize

  • A grant will be awarded annually. Up to two winners will each receive up to $1,000 to help defray travel expenses to AHA Scientific Sessions to present his or her abstract.
  • Reimbursement up to $1,000 will be made after eligible travel receipts (airfare, hotel, ground transportation) are submitted to the AHA after the meeting. Awardees will be required to pay their own registration costs for the meeting.

 


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The American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Surgery & Anesthesia (CVSA) is offering a travel grant to underrepresented racial and ethnic early career investigators and students to attend AHA Scientific Sessions. The grant will serve to honor accomplished underrepresented racial and ethnic students and investigators while enabling them to get more involved in the AHA and in Scientific Sessions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants for the CVSA Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups Travel Grant must be members of the Council at the time of application. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so no later one week prior to the award deadline for your membership to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. Learn more about AHA Professional Membership.
  • Applicants must currently be medical students, trainees, or Early Career Investigators. Trainees are PhDs and/or MDs (or doctoral equivalent) who are in a residency or fellowship position. Early Career Investigators are PhDs and/or MDs who have completed training only within the last four years or who are still within in the first four years after their first faculty appointment, as of the award application date.
  • The candidate from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis: This includes American Indians (Alaskan Natives, Eskimos and Aleutians), Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, Blacks or African Americans and Hispanics or Latinos. Other candidates considered a minority are those from medically underserved populations with low socio-economic status and those living in rural areas to include whites.
  • The candidate must be a U.S. citizen, a noncitizen national (born in American Samoa or Swains Island), or a U.S. permanent resident.
  • Previous winners of this award are not eligible to apply.
  • Each applicant for AHA council-sponsored awards, regardless of award category, is eligible to receive only one council-sponsored award per AHA conference per year. (For example, an Early Career Investigator Award finalist will not be eligible to receive a travel grant for the same meeting.)

How to Apply/Required Documents

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.

Your application file should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • A letter of recommendation by a mentor, section chief or department chair, which includes the following:
    • Statement of the candidate's minority status specifically and confirmation that the candidate meets the basic eligibility requirements
    • Candidate’s key accomplishments to date (or other forms of demonstrated excellence and recognition in the case of very junior trainees)
    • Assessment of relevant scientific attributes (intellectual curiosity, drive, critical thinking, problem-solving)
    • Potential for future success as a competitive investigator
  • Curriculum vitae, including bibliography

Visit the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System to complete an application.

A username and password previously set up through online profile registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile yet, please visit Professional Heart Daily to create an online member profile before accessing the Council Awards Application System. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.

AHA membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on your AHA membership number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file.

Prize

  • A grant will be awarded annually. Up to two winners will each receive up to $1,000 to help defray travel expenses to AHA Scientific Sessions to present his or her abstract.
  • Reimbursement up to $1,000 will be made after eligible travel receipts (airfare, hotel, ground transportation) are submitted to the AHA after the meeting. Awardees will be required to pay their own registration costs for the meeting.
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